7 November 2016
RMT Press Office
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed plans for its Day of Action for “Safer Scottish Trains” this Wednesday – November 9th.
RMT members and supporters from the community will be handing out postcards to members of the public urging them to endorse the campaign and to take up the issues with their local politicians.
The campaign comes amid growing public anger at the Abellio Scotrail operation and the demand for them to be removed and replaced with a publicly owned service.
The unions key campaign demands for Scotland’s railway is:
. Safe and secure for ALL. Fully accessible – for passengers with disabilities or mobility impairments.
. Staffed by safety qualified, operationally trained Guards (Conductors.)
. That for passenger safety and the safe despatch of trains – Guards should control the train doors – making sure trains are safe to start – Drivers should concentrate on driving the train.
. An urgent review of safety and service quality of existing Driver Only Operated trains.
. For safer trains we need safe tracks. There should be no cuts to infrastructure, track workers or rail operation staff.
. Maintain and expand station staffing – we need to make sure our stations are welcoming and light – and safe.
The schedule of events confirmed so far is:
DUMFRIES between 7am and 9am
DUNDEE between 7am and 9am
DUNFERMLINE between 6am and 8am
EDINBURGH HAYMARKET between 8am and 9am
EDINBURGH WAVERLEY between 8am and 9am
GLASGOW CENTRAL between 8am and 9am
GLASGOW QUEEN STREET between 4.30pm and 6pm
INVERKEITHING between 6am and 8am
KIRKCALDY between 6am and 8am
MOTHERWELL between 8am and 9am
STIRLING between 7am and 9am
TWEEDBANK between 8am and 9am
Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said:
“We are campaigning to make Scotland’s trains safer, more secure and accessible. This can only be done with a publicly owned service where profit isn’t the main motive of the operator.
“RMT calls on the Scottish Government to launch an urgent review of safety and service quality on all Scottish trains, including Driver Only Operated services on the network.”